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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 14

From Livable Streets:

 

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Bike4Life raises over $70,000. Thank you!

We are excited to announce that you helped us raise over $70,000 through our Bike4Life fundraiser! This outdoes last year’s total by 38%.
Bike4Life supports our Safer Streets Campaign. The campaign’s focus is to deepen Boston’s commitment to safety and to advocate for better infrastructure – such as cycle tracks and improved traffic signalization – to allow people to confidently explore the city on bike, foot, car and public transit.
Thanks again to our sponsors and community partners: Jason & Fischer Attorneys at Law, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, athenahealth, Avison Young and Blue Ribbon BBQ, Commonwheels Bicycle Co-op, Harris Cyclery, LARABAR, Patagonia Boston and Red and the Boys, as well as a big thanks to Holly, Peter and Noel Zeeb.

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Governor Patrick announces West Station will open in 2020
West Station is a milestone for People’s Pike and livable transportation 
advocacy in Metro Boston. Congrats to everyone who has put in years of hard work
Photo credit Galen Mook, video credit Harry Mattison.
At the Sept 30 press conference, Gov Patrick announced West Station will be
part of the I-90 project.

Photo credit: Galen Mook.
and advocacy to make West Station possible. “This is so much more than a highway project,” said Mayor Walsh at the press conference.
This announcement solidifies the fact that the I-90 project parcel will be developed around transit, meaning the new street network can be very bike, walk friendly with more open space opportunities.

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BU students deserve Safer Streets      

 

Boston is about to spend $16 million to completely revamp the stretch of Comm. Ave. from the BU Bridge to Packards Corner.

 

The plans we have seen call for wider car lanes that would encourage speeding, narrower sidewalks, and no protected bicycle lanes.
“So the question is whether the Walsh administration and BU are going to step up and say, ‘[Do] we want the best and safest for our students and for the city of Boston, or are we going to settle for the status quo?'” says LivableStreets Advocacy Director Jeffrey Rosenblum in an article in BU’s Daily Free Press.

 

But there is still time to make a difference. Click here to add your name to the list of people who want better than status quo, and tell Mayor Walsh you want a #SaferCommAve. We will be meeting with the City of Boston in the coming weeks, and will have the opportunity to share your stories.

 

The vision for a better Commonwealth Avenue is part of our Safer Streets Campaign and commitment to zero traffic fatalities. Read more about our vision and recent press received here.

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Vote NO on Question One

On November 4, statewide ballot question Question One, threatens to take away critical, existing transportation funds. These are funds that are necessary to make our roads and bridges better for everyone.

 

“If it passes, Question One would take a $2 billion bite out of the state’s transportation plans over the next decade,” Yvonne Abraham wrote in her Boston Globe article. According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are 5,136 bridges in Massachusetts, 53% of which are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Question One proposed a reduction in vital transportation funding which would exacerbate this problem and others.

 

What can you do?

  1. Vote NO on Question One on November 4th.
  2. Email [email protected] to get involved with the campaign between now and November 4t.
  3. Follow and participate in the campaign on Twitter at @VoteNoOnQ1 and#VoteNoOnQ1.
  4. Spread the word to your friends, neighbors, family and colleagues by forwarding this email.
  5. Mark your calendar to vote No on Q1 on November 4.

Newsworthy

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When will we see separated bike lanes in Boston? 
Protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks, have multiplied across the country, so when will Boston jump on the bandwagon? New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have installed hundreds of miles of lanes over the past few years due to the variety of benefits they bring to their cities.
“It’s healthy, it’s good for the economy, and our citizens,” said Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter. Mayor Nutter’s street safety policies are “starting to drive down both vehicle and pedestrian crashes, as well as cycling crashes,” he said in Streetsblog’s article “Four Mayors on Why They’re Building Out Their Cities Bike Networks.”

Separated bike lane in Pittsburgh.

Graphic credit: Bike Pittsburgh
In addition to mayors across the country praising separated bike lanes, Boston’s Jim Braude of Boston Public Radio and WGBH, endorsed them in his Boston Globe article, “A plan to broker peace between drivers and cyclists.” He proposes the answer to creating peaceful coexistence betweent people driving and biking is “separate but equal, the type of bike lane that incorporates barriers between driver and rider for the safety of both.”

“Boston already has two. Over in Brighton, drivers on Western Avenue use the road, while cyclists pedal between parked cars on one side and the curb on the other. In Dorchester, on Mt. Vernon Street near Columbia Point, flexposts, as they’re called, separate driver from rider. Of the 82 miles of on-street bike lanes in the city, these pilot projects run less than 2 miles, though that’s about to change,” said Braude.


Right now Boston only has two, but we are excited to see that number multiply. In March of this year, Boston was selected by the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project as one of six US cities to join its intensive two-year program to build protected bike lanes, which shows the potential Boston has to implement these facilities. Boston will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to create protected bike lanes, also known as cycletracks. PeopleForBikes recently hosted a study tour to the Netherlands with City of Boston staff, including Boston Chief of Economic Development Jon Barros, President and CEO of A Better City Rick Dimino and Kris Carter from the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.
With the study tour group returning, mayors across the country proclaiming their praise for cycle tracks, what’s the hold up on Boston approving separated bike lanes to make our streets safer for everyone? Comm Ave is one example where resistance is being met. The time is now to turn talk into action.

Tweet to @Marty_Walsh telling him you support more separated bike lanes in Boston to make our streets safer for everyone.

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Bad drivers and Vision Zero Safety don’t mix

“The bad driving of Massachusetts residents is legendary. Now, Allstate Insurance Co, says it’s a fact,
reports the Boston Globe in the article,
“Mass. drivers among the worst, insurance company says.” Worcester has the worst drivers in the nation, followed by Boston, the second worse. Ouch.
What does this mean for us? Better street design leads to slower driving and increased safety for all road users. We have a vision for a future with zero traffic fatalities. Click here to lean more about our Safer Streets Campaign and Vision Zero policy ask.

Myths Debunked

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Throughout 2014, we have been debunking common transportation myths. Last month, we highlighted the myth: Wider streets are safer. This month, we explore another popular myth.
mythMyth: Adding bicycle facilities increases congestion for people driving
Debunked: Well designed bicycle facilities can improve driving conditions while creating a safer environment for all road users.
Thoughtfully designed protected bicycle facilities in New York City show that you can provide bike improvements while also improving streets for people driving, walking and taking transit. A new study from NYC DOT shows that safety for all road users has increased, travel times have either stayed the same or improved, and there has been an increase in retail sales compared to streets and corridors without protected bike lanes.
Share your thoughts about this on Facebook and Twitter. #MythsDebunked

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Living car-light: South Korea
Next stop in our living car-light series is South Korea! 

Living carlight experiment: one neighborhood, one month, no cars.

Would you volunteer to take your car off the street in your neighborhood for one month? One year ago, residents of one neighborhood in the City of Suwon in South Korea did. For one month, 4,343 residents participated and removed 1,500 cars for an experiment called ‘Eco Mobility World Festival.’ The festival website says:

 

“September 2013 has been an unprecedented experience for the residents of Suwon’s Haenggung- dong neighborhood. Through the EcoMobility World Festival, the ancient core of Suwon has learned through direct experience the challenges and the thrills of closing the doors of their community to cars for an entire month. Following the smashing success of Suwon’s month-long car-free diet, residents are now prompted with the questions: should they reunite with cars or should they embrace the ecomobile lifestyle for good? Which next city is bold enough to follow Suwon’s EcoMobility model?”

 

The one-month festival then led to more permanent changes, including:

  • No parking on Hwaseomun Street and Sinpung Street
  • Speed restricted to 30km per hour
  • Car-free weekends
  • Residents allowed to have their free parking rights in parking lots renewed permanently, with free rental of bikes
  • Further street improvements to be continued, download the festival report here

If there were no cars in your neighborhood, how would you use the street space instead? Share and discuss on FacebookTwitter, or by replying to this email. We’d love to hear from you! #BostonCarLight

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Public meetings & other opportunities  

Community Meeting on the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan
Thursday, October 9, 6pm
@ Condon Elementary School (Auditorium, Level 1), 200 D St, Boston
Attend and speak up for improved public transit access,separated bike lanes on key roads and improved sidewalks throughout.
 
Public Meeting on car share in Cambridge
Thursday, October 9, 7pm
@ Pisani Center, 131 Washington St, Cambridge
 
LivableStreets Volunteer Friday

Friday, October 10, 10am-12pm
@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St., Cambridge
Public Meeting on car share in Cambridge
Wednesday, October 22, 7pm
@ East End House, 105 Spring St, Cambridge
Winter Hill Design Charrette
Monday-Wednesday, October 27-29, 2014, 9am-9pm
@ 328 Broadway, Somerville
MIT Fall Lecture Series: A Street is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Monday, November 3, 5pm
@ MIT, 77 Mass Ave, Building #4, Room 163

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MassBike Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From MassBike:

 

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Photo courtesy of Mass in Motion

Big news this week when the Healthy Transportation Compact (HTC) met in Boston. At the meeting, MassDOT announced an initial investment of up to $5 million for the critical Complete Streets Certification Program. The program provides competitive funds to cities and towns to create streets that are safe and welcoming for all users. Led by MPHA and MAPC, MassBike and other advocates succeeded in incorporating the program and its funding into the Transportation Bond Bill passed in April. But MassDOT still had to budget the money, and now they have – thank you MassDOT! 

The HTC was created by the 2009 transportation reform law and requires the Secretaries of Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Energy and Environment (and the agencies under their supervision) to work together to get more people walking and biking in Massachusetts. Last year, the HTC added the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, recognizing the link between land use decisions and healthy transportation options. 

MassBike’s Jimmy Pereira at the DSNI Playway

 

Imagine what it would be like to have a street dedicated to bicycling and walking. This street is not a shared bike lane. It is a neighborhood block with houses and open spaces for play and community engagement.

What you are picturing is a playway. Playways are temporary street closures in a residential neighborhood that get community members, especially kids, active. Playways utilize street spaces for people rather than cars. They can be done in many places, from dense urban areas to suburban and rural towns.

Although playways might sound like just another simple, fun event, they have a serious purpose. They create opportunities for activities and exercise, rally communities around open spaces, and connect neighborhoods. Playways allow children to be creative with play. Of course we especially love playways because they promote bicycling to all generations. In addition, by virtue of their simplicity, playways are sustainable in a way that other neighborhood events, such as carnivals, are not. 

Read the full article

 
What does it mean to be a MassBike member?

 It means you have joined us at any one of our membership levels to support our programs, such as our Bikeable Communities Program that works with local advocates to improve bicycling conditions in their cities, towns, and neighborhoods. It also means that you can bring your MassBike member card to many local businesses and bike shops throughout the state for a discount.

Join today to support this important work and get access to an exciting array of membership benefits statewide.

 

Organizers of the 9th Annual Boston Bike Film Festival have asked filmmakers with a cycling habit to submit their work to be shown October 24, 2014, at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington. Film submissions are due September 1, 2014. The event is a fundraiser for state-wide and national cycling advocacy groups, including MassBike and Bikes Not Bombs. Film concepts from last year’s festival ranged from a young man attempting re-learn to ride, to an animated film about a cute bike that moves in next door, a couple of international documentaries, and everything in between. Among the benefits for acclaimed and amateur filmmakers, the Festival offers a chance to get their films in front of audiences who are intrigued and influential to the quality of cycling nationwide. So Come Pedal Your Film! And see the next generation of cycling films!

 Contact The Boston Bike Film Festival or visit them online.

A restful stop along the route.

On August 7-10 we rode the 8th Annual Mass BikePike Tour, and as usual it was a lot of fun. We started in Shirley, MA and went through many picturesque towns. Every day seemed to reveal landscape and scenery more beautiful than the last.

Each year we especially enjoy the feeling of community we get from spending time with so many dedicated cyclists during the tour. We see familiar faces along with fresh ones. We greet old friends and meet new bicycling enthusiasts and advocates.

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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From Boston Bikes:

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Last Bike Friday of the Year!

Kick off your Labor Day weekend this Friday morning by riding to City Hall Plaza and enjoying breakfast with us! Bike in on your own or join a convoy from all over Greater Boston. And, a special challenge for the last BikeFriday this summer: Recruit a friend or colleague to come with you! Don’t forget to tell us you’re coming! Free breakfast will be provided by our friends at Boloco, Larabar, and Iggy’s Bread of the World!

This month we have a new Mattapan/Dorchester/Roxbury Convoy! Complete details on all convoys can be found here.

Photo credit: Lee Toma


Work With Us

We are seeking applicants to join our team of Youth Cycling Instructors. Youth Cycling Instructors teach in-classroom and on-bike workshops to students in grades 2-12 during the school day in the Boston Public Schools. For more information, visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/about/getinvolved/work-with-us/


Bikes Lanes Coming Soon!

We’ve been working hard to get new bike lanes in the ground! Keep your eyes open for new lanes in these neighborhoods / on these streets:

East Boston: Maverick St, Border St, Marginal St, Orleans St, Jeffries St
Mattapan: Ballou Ave, Willowood St, Woodrow Ave, Walk Hill St
South Boston: West 4th St, Dorchester Ave, Albany St
West Roxbury: Baker St, VFW Parkway

There are several other streets that are in design and will hopefully be coming soon!


Vote for the Next Hubway Unicorn

Earlier this month Hubway put out a call for design ideas to be considered in the #HubwayEveryday Bike Design Contest, and five finalists have been selected. Now it’s your turn to decide which one will be turned into a limited edition, one-of-a-kind, “unicorn” Hubway bike.

Click here to view the finalists and cast your vote.

When you vote, you can also enter for a chance to win a free Annual Hubway Membership!

Voting will run through Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, at11:59pm ET, and you can only vote once. The winning design will become the newest ride in Hubway’s fleet of more than 1300 bikes. Place your vote now!


Boston’s First Women’s Festival a Success!

Boston Bikes held New England’s first-ever women’s bike ride & festival earlier this month in Millennium Park. Over 150 women enjoyed riding together, learning new skills, and celebrating with live music, food and fun. It was inspiring to see so many women on bikes, and the happy faces at the finish line brightened an already gorgeous day. Count on watching this event grow and improve every year! We want to thank our generous sponsors including Boloco, Larabar, Hubway, Zipcar, Rialto, Bern, Landry’s, Ferris Wheels, Equal Exchange, the Museum of Science, the Coolidge Corner Theater, and Whole Foods. We’re also incredibly grateful to our partners who led clinics or contributed volunteers to the event, including the Luna Chix, the Boston Cyclists Union, Hubway, and the Boston Bike Party.

And finally, we want to extend a special thanks to Gary and Maureen Briere of River’s Edge Cycling, who provided instrumental logistical support in organizing this event. River’s Edge produces the annual Berkshires to Boston ride, which is coming up in September. There’s still time to register ride, or join River’s Edge for a day as a volunteer.

Pictured above: City Councilor Ayanna Pressley sending off 150+ riders on the first-annual Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Festival.


Mark Your Calendars: Mayor’s Cup & Hub On Wheels

Mark your calendar to come down to City Hall Plaza onSaturday, September 20th for the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup. Enjoy the Boloco Block Party and watch professional cyclists race around downtown Boston. The next day, experience the city on two wheels as part of Hub on Wheels, riding on a car-free Storrow Drive and discovering Boston on a 10, 30, or 50-mile route. And, new this year, you can select to have a portion of your entry fee donated to supporting Boston Bikes programs!More info.


ReadBoston Launches BookBike

Earlier this summer we helped the Boston Public Library launch the Bibliocycle, a mobile library powered by bike. We’re proud to also announce the launch of ReadBoston’s BookBike, a bike-powered trailer that brings books out to ReadBoston’s Storymobile program, which seeks to increase literacy and distribute books in Boston. Click here to see a video about the new trailer.


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MassBike Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 10

From MassBike:

 

Dear MassBiker,
 
In May, we celebrated Bay State Bike Week – a week of fun bike-related events all across Massachusetts. Now, our partners at MassDOT and MassRIDES have put together the results, and here they are!
This year, 7,084 bike trips were made as a result of Bay State Bike Week – that’s2,416 more trips this year than last year! 11.2 tons of emissions were kept out of our air, and Bay Staters saved over $14,000 through one week of biking. And that’s not all – together we burned 1 million calories.
Pretty impressive stuff!
If you participated in a Bay State Bike Week event – or even if you didn’t – we’d love to hear your feedback through our survey. It takes just two minutes to fill out, and will help us make Bike Week even better next year. Click here to fill it out!

Thanks as always and happy riding,

The MassBike Team
Biking on Cape Cod. Photo: MassBike

Back in February, we reported about our ongoing work to improve bike safety for seasonal workers who flock to Cape Cod every summer. Bicycling is often the most convenient, or only mode of transportation available for these workers who come from around the world on J-1 visas to work in area restaurants and resorts.

 

MassBike has been working with a coalition of partners including the Barnstable County Commissioners office, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, and various local police departments across Cape Cod, and we are pleased to announce the launch of the Regional Bike Safety Education and Awareness Campaign.

 

Plans call for a busy season of outreach and activities to ensure that seasonal workers, and all people who ride a bike on Cape Cod, have the knowledge and equipment to travel safely and enjoyably by bicycle.

 

Visibility while riding after dark has been an ongoing concern, so making sure people who rides bikes have lights is a top priority. MassBike made the connection between light vendor Planet Bike and coalition partners, who secured a discounted purchase of approximately 2,000 lights. These lights will be distributed at various outreach events. In addition, police officers will have a supply of lights in their cruisers, and will be instructed to distribute them to people they identify who are riding at night without lights.

 

Photo: The People’s Pint

Training Wheels is a delicious new session IPA by The People’s Pint with an extra special bonus: a percentage of profits will be donated to support MassBike’s work and mission to make bicycling better across Massachusetts!

The People’s Pint, a brewpub located in downtown Greenfield, has been serving up their own delicious craft beer and locally sourced food since 1997. The People’s Pint has been promoting bicycle transportation in Western Massachusetts in its own unique way since 2003. Participants earn credit for every mile traveled by bike, which can be redeemed for gift certificates to be used in the brewpub. To date, they have recorded over 63,000 miles traveled by bike instead of by car.

According to The People’s Pint, Training Wheels is a “hop forward American session ale, low on alcohol but big on hop aroma, with generous additions of local and west coast hops which impart an aroma of tropical fruit and resin.”

So where can you enjoy a glass of Training Wheels? If you live in or are visiting the Pioneer Valley, stop by The People’s Pint in downtown Greenfield, open daily for lunch and dinner. You can also order a cold pint of Training Wheels from the tap atThe Foundry in Northampton.

Training Wheels is also available by the bottle in stores. Click here for the full list.

Click here to view this story in your web browser
 
Not a MassBike member yet?
Our members make it possible for us to continue the education, infrastructure, and advocacy work we are doing to promote active transportation across Massachusetts.
If you like what you see, please consider membership today.
Join today to support this important work, and you’ll get access to an exciting array of membership benefits statewide.
Is a system like Boston’s Hubway bike share in the future for the Pioneer Valley? Photo: MassBike

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) is currently working to determine the feasibility and interest in a bike share program for the Pioneer Valley. As part of this process, they have launched a new online survey to help gauge demand for such a program in the region.

Bike share systems, like Boston’s Hubway, allow riders to check bikes out from self-service kiosks and use them for short, “point A to point B” trips. When implemented successfully, bike share systems can compliment existing transit systems to give people greater car-free mobility, and boost the number of bike trips in a particular city or region.

According to their website, PVPC is working with the communities of Holyoke, Springfield, Amherst, and Northampton, as well as the colleges UMASS Amherst, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Smith College to complete a feasibility study for establishing a pilot-scale Regional Bike Share program.

If you are a resident of the Pioneer Valley resident, or know somebody who is, we encourage you to take 2 minutes to fill out the survey.

Click here to fill out the survey in English.

Click here to fill out the survey in Spanish.

 

Click here to view in your web browser

 

 
 
Looking for the perfect century ride this summer while also supporting your statewide advocate for better bicycling? BikeMass journeys through the lush rolling hills of the Concord and Assabet River valleys of Central Massachusetts. Rides start and finish from NARA Park in Acton.
All proceeds support MassBike’s mission to promote better bicycling across Massachusetts. 100, 62, and 30 mile routes available. The longer you ride, the more you support MassBike!
Non-rider tickets are also available, so you can bring the whole family to partake in the food, drinks and activities!
Photo: MassBike
Did you know that MassBike offers free bike safety trainings to children grades 4 – 8? Each school year, MassBike’s Safe Routes to School Tranings teaches thousands of elementary and middle school children how to ride their bikes more safely. Since beginning our youth education outreach, we’ve brought our school-age workshops to schools in Worcester, Cambridge, Salem, Franklin, Framingham, and dozens of other communities around the Commonwealth.

Would you like your local school to be next?

 

If so, we are currently scheduling classes before the end of the 2013-2014 school year, and for the coming 2014-2015 school year. To get the wheels spinning, contact Erin Reed at MassDOT by email at [email protected] or by phone at857-719-5489.

 

The MassBike Safe Routes to School curriculum reviews basic maintenance, rules of the road, proper helmet fitting, and overall visibility. Our instructors tailor the message to age-level to ensure that these critical safety lessons are most appropriate, effective and empowering. Classes are made possible throughMassRIDES, a program of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that promotes biking, walking, and transit use.

 

Click here to view in your web browser

 


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This Friday Is Bike Friday! Free Breakfast At City Hall, And More!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 24

I am never one to turn down free grub, bike update from the city below:

 

Free Breakfast at Bike Friday – June 27th
 

Join us for fun, music, food, and bike love on City Hall Plaza during Bike Friday on June 27th. Join one of 10 convoys or bike over on your own.
Free breakfast provided by Boloco!
 
To register and for more information visit: bikefridays.org/ 
 
Volunteer as a ride leader: bit.ly/BFvolunteers
We especially need leaders for the Allston-Bright Convoy.

 

Save the date for Bike Fridays on July 18thAugust 29th.
Before you come, check out this video about Bike Fridays:
Save the Date – Women’s Bike Festival, Aug 16th

Visit bostonbikes.org/women and sign up today to receive more info about our women’s program and upcoming Women’s Bike Festival atMillennium Park.

Boston Bikes’ Women’s Program is a series of rides, clinics and events to encourage women to experience the joys and benefits of biking, and to build community among women who bike.

Upcoming Women’s events:
July 10th, 5:30 pm Boston Tasting Tour

Meet at Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a taste of some of Boston’s more unique local restaurants. Your taste buds will travel three continents as we ride through the South End and Back Bay. Ride ends in the North End for dessert on the waterfront.

 

July 19th, Mom and Kid Ride

Location TBD. Enjoy an easy-paced, off-street ride for women and kids! Event includes bike decorating, face painting and an ice cream party.

August 7th, 5:30 pm Farmers Market Tour

Meet at the Ruggles T Station and get your shopping done by bike. We’ll ride to the Bowdoin-Geneva farmers market and end in Dudley Square.

 

More info about these events can be found at bostonbikes.org/women

$5 Hubway Subsidized Memberships

$5 Subsidized Hubway Memberships are available to ALL low-income residents of Boston 16-years and older.

 
Not eligible, but love the idea? Help spread the word!
We work with dozens of local organizations that serve low-income residents and support Hubway membership as an opportunity for more active living. This includes community centers, churches, parent organizations, social justice organizations, affordable housing coalitions, or any group that represents numerous eligible individuals. If you can help us make connections to any community groups, call 617-918-4458 or e-mail [email protected] to find out how you can get involved.
  
*In most cases, college students are not eligible to receive a subsidized membership.
Corporate Hubway Memberships
Did you know your company/organization/school can sign up for a corporate Hubway account and offer discounted Hubway memberships to employees/students? Add this benefit for your employees while providing a green transit option!
You can select the level that is right for your company and get your employees/students out riding in no time!
Register for Hub on Wheels
Join us on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 for the 10th annual Hub On Wheels citywide bike ride, presented by Mayor Walsh and TD Bank. Experience a car-free Storrow Drive, explore hidden pathways and historic neighborhoods, and take in beautiful views of the Boston Harbor. The ride starts and finishes on City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, with three different routes to choose from: 10, 30 and 50 miles. SIGN UP NOW for what’s sure to be the best ride of the year.
 
New this year: designate $5 of your registration fee to be donated to one of four organizations, including Boston Bikes!

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Boston Bikes Update: Launching A Women’s Program

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

From The City Of Boston:

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Boston Bikes’ Women’s Program Launched!

 

Boston Bikes is proud to introduce our new Women’s Program, aseries of rides, clinics and events to encourage women to experience the joys and benefits of biking, and to build community among women who bike. We provide support for women of all skill levels – from the first-time rider to the seasoned urban commuter. Help the Women’s Program grow! Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Twitter! Check out ournew website. Follow us on tumblr, or subscribe to our rss feed. And join one of our upcoming rides or events…

MomandKid

Mom and Kid Ride 6/14 
Please join us for our inaugural Mom and Kid ride, just around the corner on June 14th in Franklin Park. We’ll take an easy loop around the park and then enjoy a picnic and ice cream social courtesy of JP Licks.  Bikes, kids, ice cream – what’s not to like? We’re offering a free kid’s pass to the Franklin Park Zoo to the first 100 people to register (requires purchase of adult zoo pass), so sign up now! And yes, we love dads too… mom and kid are welcome to invite the men in their lives.

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Women’s Bike Social to Boston Breakers 6/19

For women looking for a (slightly) more grown-up night on the town, our Women’s Bike Socials provide a fun weeknight outing by bike, each with a different theme and destination.  On June 19th we’ll ride from the JP Boat House to Harvard Stadium, where the Boston Breakers will take on the Seattle Reign. We’re offering free tickets to the soccer match to the fist 30 women to register.  Space is filling up fast, so sign up now!

 

LTRLearn to Ride Clinics

For women who never learned to ride or who can’t remember the last time they were on a bike, our Learn- to-Ride clinics provide on-bike training led by experienced urban riders. Our free two-hour clinics help women gain the skills and confidence to get on a bike and keep on rolling.

 

FestivalWomen’s Bike Festival August 16

Finally, toward the end of the summer we’ll celebrate our success with a Women’s Bike Festival. Group rides, clinics, mountain biking, kids races, food, music, fun! Mark your calendars, August 16th, Millennium Park. Stay tuned for more details.

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Help Grow Boston Bikes’ Women’s Program!

Every day more women are choosing to bike, but we need to keep the momentum growing to accelerate that trend. We invite all Boston Bikes’ friends to take the pledge to inspire more women to get on a bike.  

 

If you’d like to volunteer for our Women’s Program events (especially the 6/14 Mom and Kid ride!), please email  [email protected]

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Our next Bike Friday is June 27th. Who can resist FREE delicious Boloco breakfast burritos with other cyclists on City Hall Plaza. RSVP to let us know you’re coming. We’re also looking for volunteer route leaders.

And we have lots of events coming up over the summer – bike give-aways, a mobile bike library, community outreach events, and more. If you haven’t already, join our volunteer list so we can plug you in to an upcoming event.

 

 

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Hubway Update

Written by Boston Biker on May 08

From Hubway:

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Hello Hubway riders!

May is National Bike Month! Now that it’s warmed up, we’ll be celebrating all month long, and you’re invited to join the fun! Check out the events below, and join us for festivities and special events in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville.

 

And to make the month even more of a party, City Sports is offering Hubway members 20% off on all cycling apparel, footwear, and equipment! Just bring your Hubway key fob into any Boston-area City Sports store this month, and the discount is yours!

 

Make the most of National Bike Month!

 Ride on,

 

The Hubway Team

#HubwayEveryday

NATIONAL BIKE MONTH NEWS FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD 

 

BOSTON


Mayor Walsh’s Bike Week Festival, Friday, May 9th, 7-9 AM, City Hall Plaza

Free breakfast by Boloco, vendors, music and fun!
Help kickoff Bike Week in the Boston area. Join us for one of Boston’s largest bicycle events at Boston’s Bike Week Festival. Ride into City Hall Plaza with one of our 9 convoys, or just meet up on the plaza for the festival. Get your bike tuned up, meet other wonderful cyclists, and bike home with lots of free goodies!
BROOKLINE

New England’s Largest Bike Parade, Sunday, May 18th, 1 PM, Amory Park

Bicycle Beacon Street like you’ve never done before, with no cars to get in your way. Ride the entire length of our historic avenue – both east and west – all car free! You’ll do a 5-mile loop with Brookline Police leading the way, riding with us, and covering our backs. Like a parade! Join us for food, music, and free ice cream! Registration and bike safety checks begin at 11:30 AM, and the ride starts at 1:00 PMVisit the Brookline Bikes website for details, and register in advance online hereto skip the line the day of the parade!

Coolidge Corner Customer Survey
Do you shop, dine, or bike in Coolidge Corner? Keep Coolidge Corner a great place for all those things!
CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge Bicycle Network Plan is beginning, and the City wants your input! Last year, Cambridge received a Bicycle Friendly City Gold Rating, and is continuing to improve the city for bicycling! Here is your chance to say what you would like the future to look like. What would make Cambridge the most bicycle friendly city on the planet? What are the ways, small or large, short-term or long-term, that would make a difference for you? Visit the Bicycle Network Plan page to learn more about Cambridge’s Bicycle Master Plan,Towards a Bikeable Future, and for details on how to share your ideas.


sound + vision bicycle tour, Saturday, May 17th, 10 AM. The Cambridge Bicycle Committee, in partnership with the Cambridge Arts Council, presents sound + vision, a free bicycle tour of a city-wide sound art installation. Orientation begins at 10 AM, at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway. Ride departs promptly at10:15 AM.

SOMERVILLE

Bike Commuter Breakfast,Monday, May 12th, 7-9 AM, Beacon Street in the Star Market parking lot near Petsi Pies
Stop by for scones, snacks, and a chat about biking in Somerville. Get your bike checked by Bike Boom and come see Bicycle Belle’s cool bikes!


Hubway, Regional Bike Investments Build Community
The Somerville Times, May 1st
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

“In early April I joined in the reopening celebration of Hubway, one of the smartest bicycle infrastructure investments our region has made-and one of the most telling when it comes to understanding how our city and our nation are evolving. The country is undergoing the greatest demographic shift since the 1950s when people fled cities for the suburbs. Today that trend is reversing.”

 

BIKES NOT BOMBS’ 27th ANNUAL BIKE-A-THONJUNE 8th

“THE BEST THING THAT I’VE DONE.” CLICK THE VIDEO, GET INSPIRED TO RIDE!

 

Join Bikes Not Bombs for their largest event of the year, the Bike-A-Thon on June 8th(rain date June 22nd)!

 

New for 2014 the Bike-A-Thon has four new routes: 10, 30, 50 and 80 miles. Departing from the Stony Brook T station the ride features picturesque roads and each route includes at least one rest stop, one with a swimming option! In the afternoon join the Rider After-Party with free food, live music, a raffle and prizes for our largest fundraisers, best team costumes and more.

 

Registration is only $20 for those 18+, $10 for those 17 and under. All adult participants are responsible for meeting a fundraising minimum of $150 and youth ages 3-17 must raise $75. All of the funds raised go directly to the non-profit Bikes Not Bombs which runs local programs like youth Earn-A-Bike and recycles and reuses bicycles for theirinternational programs in the Global South.

 

This ride will be fun for the whole family with an easy 10 mile ride for young riders or can serve as a great training tool for any longer rides planned for this summer. Register today!


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on May 02

 

 

 StreetAmbassador

Training to become a Street Ambassador, May 7
Make change happen. Become a Street Ambassador this summer.

 RSVP for May 7 training today.

 

In 2012, our Street Ambassadors helped win huge interim improvements along the McGrath Corridor as part of our Remove McGrath Campaign. They even made national news while doing it!

 

In 2013, our Street Ambassadors helped win a safer and more livable Massachusetts Avenue Bridge as part of our Better Bridges Campaign.

 

In 2014, we want you to join our Street Ambassador team to:

-collect postcards in support of our Safer Streets Campaign

-help with tactical urbanism in Cambridge and Greater Four Corners

-represent LivableStreets at events throughout the summer

-and more!

 

“Whenever I see a bunch of folks standing on a corner in bright orange shirts I know they are fighting the good fight and getting stuff done.” – 2012 Street Ambassador

 

Attend the training on May 7 at 5:45pm to become an Ambassador and help create safer and more livable streets in Boston.

 

Wins

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WinNext generation street design guide adopted by MassDOT  

Protected bike lanes now have
 the official backing of Massachusetts DOT. Photo credit: Green Lane Project

Major kudos to MassDOT for making Massachusetts the second state to officially endorse the National Association of City Transportation Official’s Urban Street Design Guide, considered the next generation manual for designing more livable streets. Yes to more innovation!

 

For years, advocates have hit a brick wall with government and their consultants: “The Green Book and MUTCD say you can’t do that.” Since 1914, the “Green Book” has controlled street design, such as how wide car lanes should be (and no separated bike lanes allowed). And since 1971, the Manual on Urban Traffic Control Devices has controlled the use of traffic signals, signage, and striping, providing barriers to good bicycle and pedestrian design (e.g., no bike signals, no leading pedestrian walk time). Mass. Transportation Secretary Rich Davey says the NACTO guide provides “essential design principles for safe, multi-modal urban streets and attractive public spaces that embody our sustainability mission.” You know change is in the air when the Federal Highway Association urges all transportation engineers to use the new guide. With Ned Codd as the new director of MassDOT’s GreenDOT transportation sustainability initiative, we look forward to seeing the new NACTO guide in action.

Newsworthy

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PoliciesPolicies that could make it easier to live car-light

Which one(s) should Boston adopt?

New York City launches “fair”
tolling campaign.

 

In recent StreetLife newsletters, we shared news that major city centers across Europe, from Brussels to Madrid, are hoping to go car-free to reduce air pollution and traffic, and to create space to enjoy other activities.

 

The news continues about cities flirting with these ideas, but there is a catch. A recent article in The Atlantic Cities notes that even though places such as Boulder, CO and Portland, OR are known for walking and biking, they are still not seeing any significant mode shifts despite huge investments in these activities.

 

The cause? “The crucial component that’s missing is that we’re not implementing any policies that disincentivize driving,” says Daniel Piatkowski. The article suggests, “We could reduce parking availability or raise parking rates. We could implement congestion pricing. We could roll back subsidies for gas and highways and public parking garages. We could tie auto-insurance rates or infrastructure taxes to how much people actually drive.” Read on.
This is a really important point. Fitch Ratings, the third-largest credit rating agency in the US, discusses it in their March 12 press release, urging policymakers to plan for changing travel demands. Fitch Ratings highlights U.S. Census Bureau data revealing record transit use and multi-family home construction across the country. “In our view, the transportation needs of the next 50 years will be markedly different from those of the past 50 years. U.S. policymakers must begin adapting their current decisions to these future needs.” Read on.

One neighboring city that is exploring policies to discourage driving and plan for the future is New York City. On March 20, The Atlantic Cities published an article describing how NYC is toying with one policy idea to limit congestion and increase transportation options. The idea is called “fair tolling:” a plan to charge drivers fees that will go to funding public transit, led by group Move NY. Read on.

Questions for you: Where are the places that you choose not to drive to because of limited parking or high cost, and instead choose another way of getting there?
 

Share and discuss on FacebookTwitter (using #BostonCarLight) or by replying to this email. We’d love to hear from you!


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